UPDATE: Registration has opened for the auction, and raffle tickets have gone on sale for the Clicks, Corks & Contributions fundraiser. Click here.
Patrons for Bellaire Parks’ annual Wine & Tapas gala is arguably the city’s most anticipated social event each year, so when the al fresco food/wine/dancing/auction evening was postponed in March due to COVID-19 concerns, it was a disappointment.
But even more important, as the Patrons’ biggest annual fundraiser, it was a blow to a significant source of support for the city’s parks and recreation programs.
Now the group has managed to create a virtual gala, “Clicks, Corks & Contributions,” running online from Aug. 13-15. Highlights include an auction with more than 50 donated items, a raffle, a cork pull with more than 75 bottles for wine enthusiasts, and the chance to participate in a virtual wine-and-cheese tasting from Betsy’s at Evelyn’s Park.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be distributed equally among the Nature Discovery Center, Evelyn’s Park Conservancy, and the Bellaire Little League.
Raffle tickets at $10 each are already on sale for two large catered parties — “Moms on the Go,” a luxury event for 15 at Evelyn’s Park valued at $4,900, and a Night Hike and meal for 15 at the Nature Discovery Center valued at $800.
•Auction items include an 2017 World Series ball autographed by Carlos Correa of the Astros, an autographed Earl Campbell jersey, naming rights for the high-profile Loftin Park Playground at Bellaire Town Square for a year, a Happy Hour gathering for 20 at the Upstairs Bar & Lounge above Hungry’s restaurant in Rice Village, and a $2,500 certificate toward orthodontic treatment at Contemporary Dental & Orthodontics in Bellaire.
•All wine in the virtual cork pull — with each pull priced at $35 — is rated at 90 points and above, with some bottles ranging more than $150 each. Prime bottles include a Sheridan Block 1 Cabernet with a 99 rating, a Dominus Cabernet with a 100 rating, and a Bevan Red EE Oakville Cabernet with 97 rating.
•Two specialty packages will be offered by Betsy’s for the virtual wine and cheese tasting, which will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 15. Options are curated red or white wine flights with Dairymaids cheese, cured meats, honey, fruit preserves and nuts. Packages can be ordered at BetsysBellaire.com for curbside pickup from Aug. 12-15, prior to the virtual tasting event.
More information and auction bidding is available at bellaireparks.org or through the Patrons for Bellaire Parks Facebook page.